by Jodi Summers
The winners of this competition are:
Gensler, Los Angeles, Calif.
Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, D.C.
The Miller Hull Partnership, Seattle, Wash.
Pickard Chilton, New Haven, Conn.
The Office Building of the Future submissions detailed each firm’s vision and concept plan for utilization trends, sustainability and new building technologies. Each company submitted site plan views and perspective sketches that highlighted future building features, materials, technology and trends, and hard cost budget estimates.
The winners identified several common themes that will drive change in what is considered an “office” in 2020. The biggest change is from personal technology, employees more capable of completing service and information-based tasks wherever they choose. The advantage of the office of the future is that it will provide an array of flexible workspaces.
Gensler – Los Angeles’ own Gensler Architecture has the vision of a “hackable” building which they define as “an existing structure that has been updated beyond recognition and that incorporates a diverse mix of multiple uses within a building.” According to Gensler, “Hacking is a culture, not a technology. We believe it represents the most dynamic, pragmatic and sustainable vision for the future of office buildings and the future of work.”
Hickok Cole Architects – According to Hickok Cole Architects’ winning submission, “No one is tied to a desk and there are ample opportunities for diverse work environments, such as lounge work areas, communal tables, benching areas, hive configurations, individual work stations, and shared office amenities.”
The Miller Hull Partnership – The Miller Hull Partnership’s b(HIVE) concept represents “a building that becomes a part of an agile, adaptable business machine, somewhere between a hands-on community and the raw edge of technology.” Their vision includes 1) flexible, open space that is fast and inexpensive to build; 2) collaboration space that is carefully customized for tenants and easy to reconfigure; and 3) retail space on the ground floor with a diverse mix of uses.
Pickard Chilton – Pickard Chilton’s approach identifies three distinct principles. 1) Human qualities: A healthy workplace that is conducive to the productivity and well-being of employees, with qualities such as abundant natural light, access to fresh air, customizable work areas and greater collaboration spaces; 2) Business objectives: Innovative design and construction, efficient floor plates and multipurpose spaces support the owner’s business objectives; 3) Sustainability: The office building of the future incorporates an advanced system monitor to track, measure and display data about building performance to allow potential tenants to make informed decisions about their workplace and enable a high-performance building to stand out within a highly completive real estate market.
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